NV Champagne J. Dumangin Cuvee 17 Brut
Gilles Dumangin’s cuvées are cleaner, fresher, more precise and more focused than ever, reflecting the man’s fanatical attention to detail. As a result, they effortlessly handle lower dosage than they have had in the past. This is the 2010 base vintage incarnation (November 2013 disgorgement) of his bargain Brut 17, showcasing its pinot-led style beautifully in a core of primary cherry and pink grapefruit character, clean precision of lemon zest and an overlay of lemon blossom. Well-integrated dosage (8g/L) and fine mineral texture confirm one of the great champagne buys under $50.
93 points - Tyson Stelzer
How's it taste?
This is the wine we've been waiting for – the bargain Champagne that blows all the other big names out of the water – Dumangin. Ever since last Christmas we have been searching for the finest French Champagne we could find and this grower Champagne looks the goods!
Who made it?
The Dumangin family can be traced back to working in the vineyards since the 1650's. Champagne Dumangin was created by Hippolyte Dumangin in the 1890s in the 1er Cru village of Chigny-les-Roses. Jacky Dumangin, three generations later, perfected the characteristically feminine Premier Cru champagne range. His son, Gilles Dumangin, 5th generation of successful winemakers, expanded the domaine by introducing several high end cuvees that helped position his domaine. Champagne J. Dumangin has more than 13 acres in the prestigious Montagne de Reims and is considered a classic grower-producer who carefully controls every aspect of production, from picking to bottling, to hand riddling.
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